Sydney Roosters vs South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Finals Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Roosters and Rabbitohs target preliminary finals

Andrew Hendrie 12 Sep 2019
  • Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs clash in week one of the NRL finals on Friday
  • Souths have won both of their previous encounters this season, including last week
Roosters face Rabbitohs on Friday (PA Images)

Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs resume hostilities after last week’s brutal showdown when the two rivals collide in the opening week of the NRL Finals on Friday night.

Roosters vs Rabbitohs kicks off at 7.50pm AEST at the SCG. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Channel 9 in Australia.

Prediction

Match Preview


A place in the preliminary finals is on the line as the Roosters and Rabbitohs square off for the third time in 2019 and for the second straight week.

For a game that ultimately meant nothing, the Roosters and Rabbitohs played out arguably the most brutal contest of the season, with Souths coming up trumps by a 16-10 scoreline.

It was a significant victory for the Rabbitohs, who have struggled since the Origin period following their lightning start to the season, which included an opening round win over the Roosters.

However, Wayne Bennett - as he so often does - has got his side back to their best, with Souths winning their last three games and taking immense confidence into this clash on the back of last week’s performance.

They have suffered a big blow for this showdown though, with inspirational leader Sam Burgess sidelined through suspension, while Dane Gagai is also out with a hamstring injury. James Roberts makes a timely return from suspension to replace Gagai, while George Burgess has also been named in the reserves after serving nine weeks on the sidelines for eye gouging.

Meanwhile, the Roosters were on a seven-match winning streak heading into last week and looking like the NRL’s hottest team going into the finals.

However, there quest to become back-to-back premiers was jolted as they went down to the Rabbitohs in a game that was played at finals-level intensity - will they be able to hit back seven days later?

Trent Robinson will be confident as he welcomes back numerous key figures to his side, including Luke Keary, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Brett Morris and Mitch Aubusson, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is free to play after escaping suspension for a high shot last week.

Souths have won both of their previous encounters this season, but they came in the first and last games of the regular season. This is the game that matters, and with some of their star troops back on deck, I expect the Roosters to rise to the occasion and avenge last week’s loss to return to the preliminary finals.

Match Odds


Sydney Roosters - $1.32
South Sydney Rabbitohs - $3.40

Stats


  • Souths won both of their matches this season
  • Roosters won last year’s preliminary final 12-4
  • It’s their first finals clash at the SCG since 1938

Teams


Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Latrell Mitchell 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Victor Radley 14. Angus Crichton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Nat Butcher 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho 18. Lindsay Collins 19. Sitili Tupouniua 20. Drew Hutchison 21. Ryan Hall

Rabbitohs: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. Alex Johnston 3. James Roberts 4. Campbell Graham 5. Corey Allan 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Junior Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Liam Knight 11. John Sutton 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray 14. Ethan Lowe 15. Dean Britt 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Mark Nicholls 18. George Burgess 19. Bayley Sironen 20. Connor Tracey 21. Mawene Hiroti

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